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Repeat after us: The 2016 election is more than two and a half years away. Hillary Clinton may be a candidate. If she is, Benghazi or Bill Clinton may or may not be issues. Who could possibly know?
Five years ago, the Tea Party movement was just getting off the ground. In the time since then, the Tea Party has had a significant effect on many elections and on Republican candidates’ campaigns in particular. AEI’s political team takes a comprehensive look at polls on national reactions to the Tea Party movement in a special compilation.
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama addressed growing inequality, noting that the idea of getting ahead by working hard and taking responsibility had “suffered some serious blows.” Do Americans agree? In this issue of AEI’s Political Report, we examine the survey evidence on inequality.
Obama's approval numbers seem to track closely with his percentage of the vote: his job approval nationally was 50 percent in the first week of November 2012, and he received 51 percent of the popular vote. Gallup conducts many interviews over the course of a year, and so its figures for each state are statistically meaningful.
How central is the issue of abortion for most Americans today? Judging from the enormous amount of press coverage the issue receives—especially on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, decided 41 years ago Wednesday, you might guess that the issue is a major one in most households. But that isn't the case.
As anticipation builds for President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 28, how does the public view the Obama presidency? The December tidings for the President were uniformly chilly. “Obama ends year on a low-note,” proclaimed the NBC News/Wall Journal pollsters in mid-December.
The abortion issue commands enormous media coverage in elections, in legislative actions, and in court decisions. Yet, as this comprehensive collection of polls from the 1970s to today shows, the attention does not seem to be moving the public opinion needle.
As anticipation builds for President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 28, how does the public view the Obama presidency? What do the longer trends on the Obama presidency look like? The editors of AEI’s January 2014 Political Report provide a comprehensive assessment of how views of Obama have changed in the past five years.
Fifty years ago, when Lyndon Johnson gave his first State of the Union address, in which he declared his historic “unconditional war on poverty,” his popularity was sky high (80 percent in an early January 1964 Gallup poll), and he led eventual Republican nominee Barry Goldwater by 75 to 18 percent in a January matchup. The poverty rate in the US was 19 percent. Today it is 15 percent.
In this AEI Public Opinion Study, we bring together existing questions from many pollsters about the subjects described in the title above to get a sense of how anxious or economically insecure Americans feel.
Join us for a lively debate about who is hurting the conservative cause and who is helping it.